Panthers Saints Betting – Panthers Take Down Complacent Saints
Online betting players watched New Orleans’ Drew Brees set one of the game’s more enduring records on Monday night, and now the Saints have to bring the same momentum into their regular-season finale with a Carolina team that has been playing well as of late. The Saints could have one eye on the postseason, which opens up the door for the Panthers to end the season on a high note.
What: NFL Betting
When: Sunday, January 1st, 1:00 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Pick: Carolina Panthers
Why Bet On Carolina Panthers (6-9 SU, 9-6 ATS)
Cam Newton continued his hunt for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award with a brilliant performance in a 48-16 burial of Tampa Bay as he was 12-of-17 for 171 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 65 yards and a score for the Panthers, who had 270 yards on the ground as a team. Brandon LaFell had 103 yards and a score on just three receptions and showed his ability to make big plays, something that will help the Panthers a lot next season, and this offense has the potential to be scary in 2012. However, the defense may have been the story of this game as they forced four turnovers and held the Bucs to 317 yards, which is something to be proud of after the Panthers have been a leaky faucet in terms of defense this season. The Panthers are looking to close this season on a high note and this may have been their best all-around game of the season.
There are no major injuries to report early in the week for the Panthers, although it is always smart to watch the injury report throughout the week. Carolina isn’t playing for anything other than pride and that could make them more dangerous as they’ve won four of their last five games and most of their success has been down to Newton, who is avoiding turnovers unlike the first part of the season. The offense is going to get their points, but the defense has to step up and hold up their end of the bargain if the Panthers are going to really improve.
Why Bet On New Orleans Saints (12-3 SU, 11-4 ATS)
Drew Brees set the single-season record for yards in a 45-16 demolition of Atlanta on Monday night, going 23-of-39 for 307 yards, four touchdowns and two picks while clinching the NFC South for the Saints. If it wasn’t for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, we would be talking about Brees running away with the MVP award and now that the Packers aren’t undefeated, the race is a little closer than Rodgers would like it to be. The ground game was working for the Saints as they racked up 164 yards on 23 carries and that makes the passing game even more lethal, although Brees wouldn’t need a ground game to keep the Saints among the NFL betting elite. The defense stopped the Falcons on all three trips to the red zone in one of their best performances of the season, but it isn’t over for the Saints, who need a San Francisco loss and a win to snag the second seed in the NFC. Currently, the Saints are in third and while that is a decent spot, a higher seed means more homefield and the Saints have been phenomenal at the Superdome this season.
Receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) aggravated his injury against the Falcons, but he won’t be a major loss to the Saints’ NFL betting odds as they have plenty of receivers who can step up and take Moore’s place. Expect the Saints to have one eye on the 49ers’ trip to St. Louis because if that game is wrapped up, head coach Sean Payton could take out his starters to avoid for the playoffs. The Saints already have one home game and if there is no chance of getting a second, why would Payton risk his all-world quarterback?
How It Will Play Out
This NFL betting line is currently off the board, but you can expect the Saints to be favored at home, where they are 4-1 SU in their last five against the Panthers, but only 1-4 ATS with four games going under the posted total. The Saints are a perfect 7-0 ATS so far this season at home, while the Panthers 4-3 ATS on the road.
This is a trap game for the Saints and we’re taking the Panthers to steal one heading into the offseason as Payton will likely want to rest some starters, although it all depends on San Francisco’s game in St. Louis as well. As long as the No.2 seed is in sight, Payton and Brees will go for it, but the 49ers should have an easy time, which means rest for Brees and the offense. Take Carolina in your sports betting picks.Panthers Saints Betting Pick: Carolina Panthers